Coors Mojo Muddled

The Colorado Rockies failed to gain any traction over the first 7 games of a 10 game home stand in week 9 of the 2015 MLB season.  They split 4 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, including the loss to Alex Guerrero’s heart breaking grand slam in the night-cap Tuesday and Wednesday’s exhilarating walkoff. Then they dropped 2 of 3 to the Miami Marlins, unable to gain any momentum off of a 10-5 Saturday afternoon romp.  The monsoonal Colorado weather continues to hamper the effort to get a roll going at Coors Field, and the Rockies are starting to complain about it, although the guys who do the tarp rolling have hinted the players would be better off keeping gripes about the weather to themselves.

Nevertheless the starting pitchers have continued to deliver quality starts, save a brief interruption for Eddie Butler’s encounter with Giancarlo Stanton, and Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez show signs of Getting Into The Groove.  Colorado finished the season’s first third 25-29, and after recovering from a dismal losing streak in mid-May, looks no longer without hope, but on the other hand an earth-shaking jolt wouldn’t necessarily be destroying  a work of art in-progress.  The RWO has lots of advice for general manager Jeff Bridich.

The Rockies will host the St Louis Cardinals for the final 3 games of the set at Coors, then they head back east for 4 more with the Marlins in Miami.  They get 2 in Houston before returning to Denver for 8 more to cap off a stretch of 17 games in 17 days.  So look for more of Eddie, at least for now.

Tonight it’s David Hale (1-0, 4.26), making his third 2015 start, and this time he gets added to the 25-man roster, as the ailing Rafael Betancourt hits the DL.  Hale started the night-cap loss Tuesday, going 6 and giving-up 4 runs on 7 hits with 5 strikeouts.  He was victimized by Kike Hernandez, Joc Pederson, and Adrian Gonzalez home runs.  John Lackey (4-3, 2.93) goes for St Louis.  The veteran righty got a win on Wednesday in 7 versus the Brewers, and despite allowing 10 hits, he limited Milwaukee to 3 scores.

Former Rockie Matt Holiday is the no. 3 hitter in Cardinals’ manager Mike Matheny’s lineup.  Holiday is the left-fielder and he hits ahead of shortstop Jhonny Peralta and 1st-baseman Mark Reynolds.  The Rockies have the same look they’ve been running out since the Corey Dickerson injury.  DJ LeMahieu hits 2nd, Cargo’s at cleanup and Brandon Barnes hits 8th in left-field.  Ben Paulsen gets the duty at first against Lackey.

It’s been a beautiful day in Denver, and forecasters have been talking about “drier air” all day, but the witching hour is approaching.  I’m told el Niño is the guy to put the blame on for all of this crazy weather, but I can’t figure out which team he plays for, even on FanGraphs.  Witches or not, clear skies are the plan, with temperatures in the 70°s and mild wind blowing across and in from right-field.  ROOT Sports is rocking the TV as usual, and I’m guessing Jack Corrigan is sitting in for my buddy Drew, with that Spilligus guy doing the color.  As long as we’re guessing let’s say it’ll be Cory Sullivan joining Jerry Schemmel for the radio on KOA 850 am.

ST LOUIS (38-19)
Kolten Wong (L) 2B
Matt Carpenter (L) 3B
Matt Holliday (R) LF
Jhonny Peralta (R) SS
Mark Reynolds (R) 1B
Randal Grichuk (R) CF
Yadier Molina (R) C
Jason Heyward (L) RF
John Lackey (R) P
COLORADO (25-30)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Ben Paulsen (L) 1B
Nick Hundley (R) C
Brandon Barnes (R) LF
David Hale (R) P

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RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Yesterday the weather was great for the game (I was there) and the Mojo was still missing. Late inning ABs (8/9/10) were lifeless for the home team, with the Bobblehead of the Day striking out to end the game. Ljooked like the same-old issues–a bunch of one pitch outs, swing for the fences fly-outs and mis-fires in critical situations (Kendrick’s bunt that ended up in a GIDP). Having Ynoa come up as a late-inning PH is always a real treat… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

First time all year, Tulo, Cargo, Arenado all hot at the same time … let’s keep this going for another 10 games or so!

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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

I’m still sitting in sdcarp first row seat on his fire sale bandwagon. Nice seat!

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Nothing but first class treatment for you RMH. Let me know if the service in bandwagon first class isn’t good. We like to take care of our customers. The best thing that could possibly happen to the Rockies is for Tulo and Cargo to go on a 3-4 week rage. You guys need to take a deep breathe and don’t be fooled by it if it does occur. We DEFINITELY need to trade them. The amateur draft will be complete.… Read more »

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

I’m absolutely fine with being completely wrong about what was going to happen tonight!

Hale seems like a keeper….Duh…..

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